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dc.titleA pressured air jet approach to tool wear minimization in cutting of metal matrix composites
dc.contributor.authorLi, X.P.
dc.contributor.authorSeah, K.H.W.
dc.identifier.citationLi, X.P., Seah, K.H.W. (2003-08). A pressured air jet approach to tool wear minimization in cutting of metal matrix composites. Wear 255 (7-12) : 1352-1358. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.description.abstractMetal matrix composites (MMCs) have been found to possess tremendous prospective engineering applications that require materials offering a combination of lightweight with considerably enhanced mechanical and physical properties. However, the applications of MMCs are limited by their poor machinability which is a result of their highly abrasive nature that causes excessive wear to the cutting tools. In this study, an investigation into the mechanism of the tool wear in cutting of MMCs is carried out. It is found that during cutting of an MMC, the tool cutting edge will impact on the reinforcement particles. The impacted particles will then either be dislodged from the matrix, doing no harm to the tool, or be embedded into the matrix, ploughing on the tool flank and causing excessive tool flank wear. According to this tool wear mechanism, a pressured air jet approach is developed for the minimization of the tool wear by preventing the impacted reinforcement particles from being embedded in the workpiece matrix. Experimental tests for cutting of SiC-aluminum MMC using coated tungsten carbide tools with and without the aid of the pressured air jet are conducted. The results show that compared to the case of cutting without the pressured air jet, the tool wear in cutting with the pressured air jet was significantly less. The results also show that the effect of the pressured air jet on the tool wear minimization largely depends on the pressure of the air. The working mechanism of the pressured air jet method and the experimental testing results are discussed in detail. © 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
dc.subjectMetal matrix composites
dc.subjectPressured air jet
dc.subjectTool wear minimization
dc.contributor.departmentMECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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